You don't need a fancy pasta maker for this homemade treat. Try your hand at fresh pasta with this easy-to-work-with dough. The spinach gives it a nice color without overpowering the flavor. —Healthy Cooking Test Kitchen
"I grow my own herbs, and this dish showcases them perfectly," says Marilyn Pozzo from Salmo, British Columbia. "Red pepper slices and a sprinkling of parsley dress up the pasta shells in a simple yet eye-pleasing way. My husband and our three young children enjoy this on the side with grilled pork, bee, chicken and fish."
Here's a flavorful way to dress up carrots without a lot of fuss. Simply steam the good-for-you veggies, then season with butter, brown sugar, vinegar and a sprinkling of chives. The carrots are not only colorful, but they taste good, too.
"This recipe came from a family reunion of mostly Mennonites. It is over 30 years old," Jane Bone shares from Cape Coral, Florida. "You can choose different beans, according to your family's tastes, but keep the pork and beans as a base. I often take a big pot of these to large gatherings or pitch-in-suppers, and everyone enjoys them."
Looking for a change from run-of-the-mill potatoes? Try these tender wedges that are generously seasoned with garlic, rosemary and other flavorful ingredients. They complement any meal.
—Amy Werner of Grand Ledge, Michigan
The flavors in this stew work so well together that you'll never miss the meat. Cilantro, honey and garlic are an ideal matche for the black beans and fresh vegetables. —Marilyn Waters of Outing, Minnesota
You won't miss the salt in this refreshing tomato salad! It's well-seasoned with cayenne pepper, mustard seed and vinegar but not the least but spicy. "This dish is always a hit at potlucks," says Nan Rickey of Yuma Arizona.
The recipe for this pretty medley comes from Elizabeth MacAulay in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. "Last spring, when asparagus was in the stores, my sister found this recipe, tried it and thought I might like it, too," she notes. "This fast-to-fix side dish is perfect after a busy day at work."
This vibrant veggies saute puts summer's bounty in the spot light. "The recipe comes from a 20-year-old cookbook, but I still use it, especially when produce from our garden is plentiful," Ruth Andrewson notes from Peck, Idaho.
You'll only have to announce dinner once when these twice-baked potatoes are on the menu! Their aroma is sure to make everyone eager to come to the table. Garlic and rosemary add herbal goodness to the mashed potato filling. A sprinkling of paprika serves as a colorful garnish.
"Corn is my all-time favorite food, and this is the best way I've fount to fix it," Laurie Meaike writes from Audubon, Iowa. "The zesty grilling sauce has Southwestern flair, but it's not too hot or spicy. My family loves corn served this way.